So I want to learn to brew beer. I constantly try new beer, and try to dissect all the flavors involved. The next logical step in my love of beer seems to be trying my hand at brewing. I should specify that while not a chemist, biologist, food scientist, or anything else that would tell me about the science of beer I am a "sciencey" type of person. I like to know all the happenings of what I am doing and I like to perform quasi-controlled experiments when cooking. So what I'd like to do is a) read up on brewing first as much as needed and then b) experiment as much as possible.
I've seen lots of recipes for specific kinds of beers but I want something more than that. I want all the background and to have an idea of how much choices during the brew process will effect end result. So, what should I be reading before I start brewing?